“A great opportunity to support our small businesses”


NEW MILFORD — With nearly two dozen participating restaurants so far, the city is gearing up for its second annual Restaurant Week, which will run from March 28 to April 3.

As part of Restaurant Week, participating restaurants will offer special fixed-price lunch and/or dinner menus for dine-in and take-out, according to the city’s New Milford Restaurant Week Facebook page.

“This is a collaborative effort with the city, the youth agency and our restaurants so people can have this wonderful experience,” said New Milford Mayor Pete Bass.

Participating restaurants will serve menus that include multi-course fixed price lunches and dinners. Lunches will cost $15.95 or $19.95 (second tier lunches) and dinners will cost $29.95 or $39.95 (second tier dinners).

The restaurants, along with their menus, can be found on the town’s new tourist site, the newmilfordnow.org website by clicking on the green New Milford Restaurant Week circle.

The list includes Johanas Restaurant, Zaragoza, The Iron Rail, Gaylordsville Diner and Theo’s Downtown Diner.

The event is hosted by the City of New Milford.

For parents who require child care to attend Restaurant Week, the city has partnered with the New Milford Youth Agency to provide this service.

Kathy Jackson, youth advocate at the New Milford Youth Agency, said the agency is hosting a Parents’ Night on March 30 and 31 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. The cost is $10 for the evening.

“We have it at the Maxx (94 Railroad St.). There’s a pool table, air hockey, video games and movies,” Jackson said.

To register, visit myyouthagency.com and select “Register” and “Programs”.

There will be a team of people supervising the children, including the agency’s daycare director, student volunteers, and paid staff. Pizzas and juices will be offered.

Theo Mastrogiannis, owner of Theo’s Downtown Diner on Railroad Street, will serve corned beef ruben, chicken salad and avocado with grilled mozzarella cheese. There will also be a soup of the day, which can be beef, Yankee beans, lentils, and chicken. The restaurant, which serves American cuisine, has been in business for 15 years.

Maria Koulouris, owner of The Iron Rail, will offer corn chowder soup, quinoa salad and a steak sandwich. The six-year-old Iron Rail changed hands seven months ago.

For Restaurant Week, attendees can order a la carte from the standard menus. However, to benefit from the restaurant’s price of the week, customers must order from the special fixed price menus. Reservations are strongly recommended for most restaurants, a press release said.

Additionally, opportunities to win gift certificates to be used at participating restaurants during Restaurant Week are available.

Bass said the goal of Restaurant Week is to showcase the city’s restaurants.

“A lot of them are award-winning restaurants. Those who live both in New Milford and outside of New Milford can enter and participate in their favorite restaurant or perhaps try another restaurant as well,” Bass said. “This is a great opportunity to support our small restaurant businesses and get a great meal at a great price and see what we have to offer. We are excited to see the restaurants so far that have chosen to be a part of that and we look forward to it becoming an annual event.

Last year, Restaurant Week was take-out only, due to the pandemic.

“With COVID and the rules being much more relaxed, it now gives people the opportunity to really come inside and enjoy, if they want, the vibe of coming in,” Bass said.


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